I am grateful to share Douglas County CASA's annual report, which demonstrates the amazing successes our organization made possible for children this year. Our staff, board of directors, volunteers and supporters all had a hand in making 2022 a year of growth and improvement for kids in our community.
For the past thirty-two years, we have been actively supporting and advocating for the best interest, safety and well-being of children from Douglas County who are involved in the child welfare system. We are proud that over the last three years, amidst a pandemic and various challenges, we have not only sustained CASA’s child advocacy work but also grown!
Over the past year, we have been able to provide essential best interest advocacy for 110 children and families involved in the local court and child welfare systems. We have also been able to increase our presence in the community through one-on-one meetings, presentations and conversations with various groups, and CASA-hosted events. Most importantly, we have been able to make a real difference in the lives of those we serve.
CASA staff and volunteers make a lasting impact in the lives of children and families experiencing the trauma, grief, loneliness, and erratic schedules that are an unfortunate reality for those involved in the child welfare system, as well as continued learning delays and economic uncertainty exacerbated by the pandemic. This is evidenced by the outcomes of several cases that closed this year, including 8 children being reintegrated with their family of origin, 5 children being adopted, and 2 children having permanent guardianship or custodianships established to ensure safe and permanent homes.
We are eager to see how Douglas County CASA will grow in the upcoming year and are confident our work will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. We have plans to expand both our services and reach during 2023 so more children in Douglas County who have experienced abuse and neglect have a dedicated, caring adult in their corner to whom they can turn at any time.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loyalty, commitment, and contributions to this meaningful work.
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